- Woman - Artist - Editor - Collaborator - Photographer -
Hi there, welcome to my online portfolio. Let me share a bit about myself, about Whitney...
My name is Whitney Erin Wernick, and I was born in May 1995 in Fort Worth, TX. I am an American visual artist who shares my connection with nature, my body, and today's harsh yet beautiful world, using an unforgiving and in-your-face creative technique. My focus includes self-portraits, the natural world, exploring the female experience, fashion design, and abstract nude photography while highlighting the world's controversial, social, and environmental issues.
In collaborating with myself, nature, and others, I utilize each experience to uncover the softness and rarity that can lie within connection, self-love, vitality, and the human psyche. Inspired by Baroque, Impressionist, Surrealist, and Contemporary artists and poets, I evolve my identity daily through various mediums: oil and acrylic paints, inks, analog, and digital photography, alternative processes (tintypes and cyanotypes), collage, handmade papers, video, installation (indoor and outdoor), mixed media, and natural paints using the earth, mineral pigments, and organic ingredients.
Exploring my creative side since I was a child, I have years of experience working with artists, musicians, jewelers, photographers, sculptors, galleries, private investors, non-profit arts organizations, and more as a photographer, editor, consultant, creative director, juror, marketing manager, and assistant. My work can be found in private collections, homes, and offices scattered around the United States.
Receiving a BFA in Photographic and Studio Art practices from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, I lived in and around Santa Fe, NM, for eight years before moving to DFW, TX. I have worked with CENTER, a non-profit arts organization based in New Mexico with a mission to support socially and environmentally engaged lens-based projects since 2017. Starting as a volunteer for Review Santa Fe, I am currently the Programs Manager. While previously living in New Mexico, I had the opportunity to work and connect with several acclaimed creatives, including fashion, commercial, and fine art photographer Peter Ogilvie, sculptor Tom Joyce, Belle Fine Jewelry, and photographers Don Usner and Gabriella Marks, amongst others.
I have participated on a panel of jurors for the reFocus Black and White Photo Awards (2022) and the CENTER Social Award (2021) and have co-curated and had a hand in producing the CENTER exhibitions Climate Truth in the Anthropocene (2019), The Big Reveal (2019), Color Cue (2018), and Conjured Futures (2018).
On a more personal level, I have spent the last few years reconnecting with my practice and family. Throughout the year, I can be found traveling between Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, and New Mexico. I guess you can say it's dependent on the season.
I am available for commissioned and contract work, both remote and in-person. Please contact me directly via email or my website for information on purchasing custom designs, portfolios, and original works.
Let's connect soon. xo
Tintype collaboration with Gustavo Castilla
“She is never hesitant to speak out, and through her work, she is always pushing boundaries, which often forces the viewer to feel uncomfortable and to question their assumptions."
TONY O'BRIEN - SFUAD PHOTOGRAPHY DEPT. CHAIR
quote from the May 10, 2018, interview "The last of the graduates" for the Santa Fe New Mexican
“Simply WOW. I am not sure how she does it all, but she does! Thank You."
PRIVATE MARKETING & WEB DESIGN CLIENT